The New Adventures of Old Christine

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11:30pm Thursday, August 12 on TV2

Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is on a mission to save Barb (Wanda Sykes) from being deported, in the new season premiere of The New Adventures Of Old Christine, returning to TV2 tonight.

Arrested by immigration during Richard (Clark Gregg) and New Christine’s (Emily Rutherford) disastrous wedding, Barb was thrown in jail in the season four finale. In tonight’s premiere, Christine and Matthew (Hamish Linklater) fly to the Bahamas to find a guy named Bongo, who Barb believes will be able to help her obtain an illegal visa.

Meanwhile, Richard goes about winning New Christine back after she left him at the altar.

Premieres Monday 28th June @ 7pm

The New Adventures of Old Christine is a comedy about a 35-year-old divorced mom played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld), who runs a 30-minute female-only gym with Barbara ‘Barb’(Wanda Sykes), and tries to keep peace with everyone around her. 

Christine continues to see her ex-husband Richard as a best friend, even when he becomes involved with a woman, also named “Christine.
A hilarious new comedy starting Monday 28th June @ 7pm. 

New Adventures of Old Christine Premieres Monday 28th June @ 7pm

The New Adventures of Old Christine is a comedy about a 35-year-old divorced mom played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld), who runs a 30-minute female-only gym with Barbara ‘Barb’(Wanda Sykes), and tries to keep peace with everyone around her.

Christine continues to see her ex-husband Richard as a best friend, even when he becomes involved with a woman, also named “Christine.

A hilarious new comedy starting Monday 28th June @ 7pm.

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American network ABC has decided against picking up new episodes of the recently axed The New Adventure of Old Christine. The sitcom was cancelled last month by CBS but ABC showed interest in acquiring the rights to the show. However, the network has said negotiations have broken down and they will not be pursuing it any further.

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The creator of axed sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine has slammed the show’s cancellation, saying the CBS decision was sexist. “As far as what happened at CBS, we’ve suffered from a serious lack of support from them since the beginning,” Kari Lizer said. “I hate to say it, but I’m afraid they don’t care much for the female-of-a-certain-age point of view over there.”

American network CBS has gone on a spring cleaning rampage, culling seven shows for the upcoming season.

The network has cancelled several big-name shows which appear in primetime slots in New Zealand as it makes room for new projects for the upcoming American summer.

Headlining the list of cancellations is drama series Cold Case, which has faded in the ratings in recent seasons according to the network. The show has run for seven seasons in total.

Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle Ghost Whisperer has also been axed despite the show performing relatively well overseas.

Despite rumours it may be saved by fellow network ABC, The New Adventure of Old Christine will also finish its run.

The other shows on the scrap heap are Numb3rs, Gary Unmarried, Miami Medical and Accidentally on Purpose.

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Source: TV Squad

11:30pm Thursday, April 8 on TV2

Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to TV2 tonight, with brand new episodes of her sitcom, The New Adventures Of Old Christine.

Christine (Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced mum who runs a gym with her friend Barb (Wanda Sykes), while struggling to keep the peace with everyone around her. That includes the judgmental stay-at-home mums at her son Richie’s (Trevor Gagnon) private school, her ex-husband, Richard (Clark Gregg) – and his new girlfriend (Emily Rutherfurd), whose name also happens to be Christine.

Tonight, Christine uses her expertise as a gym-owner to help Matthew (Hamish Linklater) lose weight. But in her attempt to help him, she finds she is unable to shed the extra pounds she’s put on herself.

When the show was first conceived in 2006, the character of Christine instantly attracted Louis-Dreyfus, as she tells The Insider.

“The idea of playing a mother who has good intentions, but who is highly flawed, appealed to me – simply because I’m a working mother with good intentions myself,” Louis Dreyfus says.

“I hope I’m not as flawed as Christine is, but there’s a certain raw reality to this part that very much appealed to me. I’m not divorced, but my parents are, and I know that family dynamic very well.”

The year was a particularly busy one for the ex-Seinfeld star, as she was also reunited with her former co-stars from that show for a multi-episode arc in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, which screens on TV2 from Wednesday 21 April.

“I shot Curb during my hiatus, and it’s all ‘in the can’ as we like to say, so it was pretty manageable,” Louis-Dreyfus says.

Co-star Wanda Sykes (who is also a guest player on Curb Your Enthusiasm), says she has a blast working on the sitcom with Louis-Dreyfus.

“It’s so much fun – I have such a great time on this show. What I love is Christine is so unreasonable and so dysfunctional that really Barb doesn’t have to stretch too far to be the voice of reason. Barb’s a bit of a jackass herself, but not as far out as Christine.”

Louis-Dreyfus jokes, “Both of them should be institutionalised.”

New Adventures of Old Christine Friday 2 November, 7.30pm

Acclaimed comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to TV2 as divorced working mother Christine Campbell, who is trying to successfully juggle the daily stresses of motherhood and business.

Christine gets along with her charming ex-husband, Richard, even better than when they were married, but her life got a lot more complicated when she met Richard’s new girlfriend: a nice, young, impossible-to-hate woman also named Christine… the ‘new’ Christine. When ‘old’ Christine realised Richard was moving on with his life, it dawned on her that maybe it was time for her to take that same leap.
Christine owns a women’s 30-minute workout gym, and her young son, Ritchie, attends a posh private school. She can be a little neurotic at times, but you can’t really blame her… when she’s not dealing with business and child-rearing, she has to deal with the stay-at-home mums from Ritchie’s school judging her every move. She is also about to learn a lesson in giving up control, as her colleague Barb has become a co-owner of the gym and the two friends are not always going to agree on how to run it.

Creator Kari Lizer was a writer on Will & Grace, where she became determined to eventually make her very own sitcom. The inspiration for her main character was simply herself. Being a divorced working mum on good terms with her ex, Kari wanted to write about a “good divorce – a functional non-nuclear family”.

The character of Christine may be neurotic and constantly vexed by friends and rivals, but ultimately Kari wanted to present her as a positive figure who is close to her ex and doesn’t lament the divorce. “Christine’s circumstances are based on my own,” Kari explains. “Although with wild exaggerations and certain details added to make me look good!”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has previously earned acclaim for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit series Seinfeld. She received an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, five Screen Actors Guild Awards and four American Comedy Awards during the show’s nine-year run. Her success continues with The New Adventures of Old Christine, for which she won a 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Lizer’s writing combined with Louis-Dreyfus’ comedic skills have made for a warm, clever and hilarious series that critics continue to praise. The New York Post says, “it smells like a winner and only gets funnier each week.” While Hollywood Reporter calls it “smartly written, particularly well-cast and a worthy vehicle for Louis-Dreyfus and her high energy comedy.”

The New Adventures of Old Christine is back on TV2 this Friday 2 November at 7.30pm.

The New Adventure of Old Christine
Friday, 1 June, 8.00pm

Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to her Emmy-award-winning role as Christine, a bumbling, divorced mother in The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Loveable divorcee Christine Campbell (Louis-Dreyfus) is the owner of a ’30-minute workout’ gym, and a portrait of the new American mother, albeit with some unflinchingly candid points of view. Christine gets on with charming ex-husband Richard (Clark Gregg) even better than when they were married, but her life got a lot more complicated when she met Richard’s girlfriend: a sunny, young, impossible-to-hate woman also named Christine (Emily Rutherfurd) … the ‘new’ Christine.
After eight years playing baby-phobic Elaine on Seinfeld’, Louis-Dreyfus, who is the married mother of two boys, leapt at the role of Christine. “It appeals to me to show the imperfections of motherhood and womanhood, warts and all. I like playing somebody who has to apologise to their kid, all the time, for screwing up. That seems really real.”

Christine’s battles with the smug stay-at-home mothers at her son’s school, and her valiant attempts to be gracious despite being replaced by a younger, perkier model struck a chord with both viewers and critics in the first season. Louis-Dreyfus bagged an Emmy for her role as Christine and looks to break the ‘Seinfeld Curse’ of unsuccessful projects fronted by Seinfeld stars with The New Adventures of Old Christine.

The second season of the show has an added attraction – Blair Underwood, who plays the new teacher at her son Ritchie’s school. “The role was written as an unbelievably handsome fourth grade teacher. And of course, we anted an actor who was capable,” she laughs. “Blair Underwood was at the top of the list. He’s obviously gorgeous and able to hand the comedy, so he really fit the bill.”

There are other guest stars on the horizon: “We’ve got some really fun guest stars. Jane Lynch (Best in Show) is coming back again as Coach Hammond. And Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne) [in an episode where] we’re trying to get people to sign our petition outside of a Whole Foods-type market. It was really fun … she was outrageous.”

In the season premiere, it’s the first day of fourth grade for Christine’s son Ritchie. When Christine and the other moms meet the class’ disarmingly handsome new teacher, Daniel Harris (Underwood), they decide to schedule a few parent-teacher conferences immediately. Meanwhile, no longer dating ‘New Christine’, Richard stays with Christine while he builds a new laundry room for her. But problems arise when Ritchie misinterprets the comfortable arrangement and believes his parents have gotten back together. Christine scrambles to find a way to explain that she could never reunite with Richard – or could she?